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A severely disabled boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father for an ‘exorcism’ has been found buried at a compound in New Mexico, according to his grandfather.

The boy, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, would have turned four on Monday. Authorities said he was snatched from his mother in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta.

New Mexico authorities said they have yet to identify the remains, which were discovered on Monday.

Body in New Mexico compound 'is kidnapped disabled boy' The boy, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, would have turned four on Monday. Authorities said he was snatched from his mother in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta. (AAP)

Prosecutors said they were awaiting word on the cause of death before deciding on any charges.

The search for him led authorities to New Mexico, where 11 hungry children and a youngster's remains were found last week at a filthy compound shielded by old tyres, wooden pallets and a wall studded with broken glass.

The missing boy's grandfather, Siraj Wahhaj, a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque, told reporters he had learned from other family members that the remains were his grandson's.

Body in New Mexico compound 'is kidnapped disabled boy' Eleven children found living in filth at the ramshackle New Mexico compound. (AP) (AAP)

The imam said he did not know the cause of death.

"Whoever is responsible, then that person should be held accountable," Wahhaj said.

A Georgia arrest warrant accused the boy's father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the imam's son, of kidnapping the child.

Body in New Mexico compound 'is kidnapped disabled boy' 11 hungry children and a youngster's remains were found last week at a filthy compound shielded by old tyres, wooden pallets and a wall studded with broken glass. (AAP)

Authorities said the father at some point told his wife he wanted to perform an exorcism on the boy, who cannot walk and requires constant attention because of a lack of oxygen and blood flow around the time of birth.

The child's father was among five adults arrested on suspicion of child abuse at the compound after the children were discovered.

In court papers, prosecutors also said Wahhaj had been training children there to carry out school shootings.

Speaking at his Brooklyn mosque, the elder Wahhaj said his family was trying to make arrangements to bring the child's body to Georgia.

All 11 of the children, he said, were either his biological grandchildren or members of his family through marriage.

"I'm very concerned with the condition of my grandchildren," he said.

Body in New Mexico compound 'is kidnapped disabled boy' Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, confers with one of his attorneys at a first appearance in New Mexico district court in Taos, on accusations of child abuse and abducting his son from the boy's mother. (AAP)

He said he didn't understand why his son had taken the family and disappeared into the desert, but suggested a psychiatric disorder was to blame.

"My son can be maybe a little bit extreme," he said, though he added that he never thought he was extreme enough to kill anyone. "High-strung," he said.

The grandfather's mosque has attracted radicals over the years, including a man who later helped bomb the World Trade Centre in 1993.

Body in New Mexico compound 'is kidnapped disabled boy' Imam Siraj Wahha the grandfather of a missing Georgia boy, says the remains of the child were found buried at a desert compound in New Mexico. (AAP)

New Mexico's Office of the Medical Investigator said it was still working to identify the remains.

Dr Kurt Nolte, New Mexico's chief medical investigator, said the remains "are in a state of decomposition that has made identification challenging."

The remains will stay in Mexico until the agency's investigation is completed — a process that could take weeks, said office spokeswoman Alexandria Sanchez.

Taos-area District Attorney Donald Gallegos said he will await the findings on how the boy died before deciding how to proceed.

The group arrived in the desert area in December, according to neighbours. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the FBI had put the place under surveillance in recent months that included photographs of the compound and interviews.

Body in New Mexico compound 'is kidnapped disabled boy'

He said the images were shared with the mother of Abdul-ghani, but she did not spot her son, and the photographs never indicated the father was at the compound, leaving the sheriff without the information he needed to obtain a search warrant.

That changed when Georgia authorities received a message that may have originated inside the compound that children were starving, Hogrefe said.

The elder Wahhaj said the tip came to law enforcement through him.

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